NORTH LOGAN – On Saturday morning at Elk Ridge Park, pumpkins from the Pumpkin Walk were disposed of by being catapulted through the air. The Utah State University American Society of Mechanical Engineers organized the Third Annual Pumpkin Toss. A total of 10 teams participated this year and built their own catapults for tossing pumpkins.
USU student Luke Andreasen built a catapult with his team for last year’s competition.
“We were all in classes together and thought it would be fun,” Andreasen said.
The team of engineering students had so much fun last year, that they decided to return for the 2013 event.
“Our biggest launch last year went 105 yards,” added Alyssa John, another team member. “Being able to see big pieces of pumpkin go flying is just awesome. The kids love it when you get the candy ones and they explode. Then the candy just goes everywhere.”
John, who also helped organize this year’s Pumpkin Toss, added that it is helpful for engineering students to get any kind of hands-on experience they can.
“I just like being able to see something be built from scratch and seeing what it can do,” she said. “It’s a good experience. For engineering, the more experience you can get before you graduate, the better.”
The event was open to USU students, high school students and community members.